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1966 TV movie version of the classic Lerner and Loew musical. This version has some songs restored that were cut from the 1954 MGM film with Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse. Stars Robert Goulet, Peter Falk and Sally Anne Howes.
This movie is part of the collection: Classic TV
Keywords: Brigadoon; Musical
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Subject: The REAL Brigadoon
This broadcast was what it was. To many, it was the only version ever watched. Many loved it, but it's overall reviews at the time were poorly received.
For those of Scottish descent, sorry! This is not an actual Scottish fable. It is, in fact, an old tale that originated from Germany by Friedrich Gerstäcker, later translated by Charles Brandon Schaeffer, about the mythical village of Germelshausen that fell under an magic curse. Because of Germany's poor image on the world stage at the time, it was felt that another country would be better accepted. At one point, it was to be set in Italy, but was shot down. Ireland was desired, but do to political differences, also shot down. Finally, the only acceptable setting was Scotland, for all that were involved in the staging of the fable. In the filming, Gene Kelly wanted to film entirely in Scotland. Although originally agreed upon, it would have been too costly a venture at the time. MGM pulled the plug on the overseas shoot, and filmed entirely on several different sound stages that dominated the MGM lot for many months. Parts of the sound stages were subsequently used in other MGM productions that were in process at the same time. And one of the sets from "Wizard Of Oz" was even reused for this production. The only thing I'm saying about that rumor, I've never seen a witch bother she sheep yet.
Subject: Great Musical
This wasn't so much a made-for-tv Movie, as it was a stage production of Brigadoon filmed on Television. It was a delightful story well told. The costuming was fantastic. It was also nice to see Peter Falk in another kind of role.
Subject: Also consider the technology of the time
More than likely, the show itself was taped using RCA TK-41 cameras, a standard for color broadcasts at the time. The round lenses caused the dark distortions on the corner, but would've been unnoticeable, with rounded picture tubes being used on 60's TV's.
To the Scotish gentleman with forebears;
1. The broadcast of Brigadoon 1966 was only broadcast only once and never repeated in fact all recording by ABC were erased
2. The person who recorded it was on a VTR-a spool video tape recorder that usually holds one hour of recording.
3. It was shot in Southern Calafornia and not Scotland for one reason-MONEY. Location shooting is a challenge especially with the weather.
4. The production of the 1954 musical was shot entirely on a soundstage. Gene Kelly wanted to shoot in Scotland but laughed out of L.B. Mayer's office for "such a stupid and assenine idea"
Subject: Poor quality copy
If you are going to record a programme off the television, there are better ways of doing it than sticking a video camera in front of the screen without lining the picture up properly. I know that the programme has rarely been broadcasted but the quality of this recording was pretty awful.
As for Brigadoon itself, it was not helped by appalling Scottish(?) accents and landscapes that owe more to Southern California than the Trossachs. As a man with Scottish forebares, I was embarrassed by the whole story and had to force myself to watch it til the end in order to give a fair oppinion of the programme. I'm sorry to have wasted my time.
I am really not a fan of musicals, but I liked the story behind this one - so I watched it because I love Scotland. It was entertaining enough to watch the whole thing by fast-forwarding through what seemed like endless songs.
Bonus points for a few retro commercials that didn't get edited out of this TV movie.